Go Go Told One Rangers! Using the Power of Teamwork to form into a super-golem-zord, our heroes faced off against “Terror-Cotta”, the gargantuan golem which had somehow integrated Twoflower‘s iconograph into its chassis. A heated battle got underway in the bunker of the Red Army, as the two titans of terra-cotta toughness duked it out in a no-holds-barred fight. Each Told One controlled a separate part of their mech, including a mighty chest cannon and weapons which slowly tore through Terror-Cotta’s defenses. Before destroying it, however, Sen’dai dashed into the machine and pulled out the iconograph so it would not be destroyed, and Declan ended the melee with a well-placed gonne bullet directly into its secret weapon, setting off a chain reaction which destroyed both mechs and brought the cave down on top of them.
As the dust settled, the adventurers pulled themselves out of the rubble to discover that their wizard friend Rincewind (and his ever-faithful Luggage) had been pulled into the red void. A new icono on the ground revealed a strange red devilish figure inside the portal. The mystery deepens…
Exiting the bunker at last, our heroes broke the bad news to Twoflower, who optimistically insisted that Rincewind would be just fine and that they should continue on towards his town. A week’s travel brought the team to the poor village of Sum Dim, where they met with the village elder and healer, Hibitu. They found her tending to the illness of a woman they identified as Mrs. Shu, mother of Ankh-Morpork’s missing zombie Reg Shoe. A brief conversation with Hibitu revealed that this plague, called the Black-Sea Plague (which had been forgotten history hundreds of years before but had decimated a huge percentage of people on the Disc), had been wreaking havoc upon the people of the village ever since a visit by some pillaging zombie pirates (sound familiar?) — but even after they left and the sick were quarantined, the strange illness persisted.
A knock on the door revealed a cheerful milkman named Mr. Soak, who was going door-to-door delivering his freshest milk, which the people in the town had apparently been drinking ever since the plague had come. Yet somehow, no one in town saw a connection. Mr. Soak disappeared, and despite efforts to track him, no trace of the man was found. Beau, after swigging an entire bottle of the stuff, declared that the best way to help the town would be to put on a play (because of course), and he and Dialyn set out to the kabuki theatre to start working on a script.
Deck and the others headed to Mrs. Shu’s hut, and despite all attempts to heal her, were unsuccessful. She made mention of her son Reg’s “Fresh Start Club”, and told the Told Ones to make sure her son was safe. They then went to the theatre to regroup with Beau and Dialyn, who meanwhile were meeting with the only living member of the acting troupe: Andruru Royduru Webberuru. After a quick tour of the space, Beau and Dialyn discovered a familiar squatter taking up residence in one of the prop boxes: the Death of Rats! They chased him outdoors, where the rest of our adventurers were waiting. A cartoonish game of PC-and-Mouse took place, until Loki was finally able to befriend the little skeletal rodent long enough to decipher that he wanted them to follow him.
Death of Rats brought the Told Ones to the outskirts of town, where Quoth the Raven met them, perched on an eerily-glowing well next to a lone hut: clearly the source of the town’s plague. Before entering, Dialyn told her friends that this was the very same plague that had stricken people in her town years before. She then decided to raise a couple of the deceased townspeople as skeletons to act as fodder—I mean scouts—and investigate. Inside they eventually found a scrawny, sickly-looking creature cowering in a corner, who told the PCs that he was Pestilence. He warned them to leave at once, but they insisted that he needed to scram before he killed everyone in town. His response was not exactly the kindest: he slammed the doors shut, and moments later, exploded out the windows in the form of an enormous swarm of locusts. Taking action right away, Dialyn attempted to blast the house with a fireball, but it was too late: the once pathetic Pestilence had transformed into a terrifying hooded creature riding atop a gangrenous horse. He announced that he was going to accelerate his plan and spread his plague throughout the Disc, so they he could “finish his paperwork at last”.
Of course, the Told Ones were not about to let this happen, and they sprung into action to defeat one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Unfortunately, healing around this disease-ridden monster was impossible, and even being near him would cause someone to become sick and exhausted. Little by little, the heroes whittled away at Pestilence, and Loki eventually learned that this particular Horseman was known for his cowardice, so the best way to stop him was to…well, scare him. This worked quite well until Pestilence shook off the fear and continued his poisonous assault, nearly wiping them all out. But before he could succeed in his vile plan, Pestilence was done in with some impressive fire-whipping from Beau.
After the battle was over, the remains of the Horseman congealed together to form back into his original, sickly-looking form, and informed our heroes that he had been possessed by what was known as an Auditor of Reality: terrible beings of untold power who had been at war with the Horsemen (and in fact all of existence) for millennia, a hive-mind of creatures who wanted nothing more than to wipe out the “complications” of existence and create a universe devoid of life, so that they could have ultimate order. Pestilence thanked the heroes for their help, and warned them that his fellow Horsemen, War, Famine, and Death, were probably being likewise possessed and made to do terrible things. He left to investigate, and our adventurers returned to the town and convinced the people that they were gods. Hibitu and Twoflower rewarded them with gold and powerful healing items and gave them shelter for the night…a night full of peaceful dreams, except for Beau’s…who dreamed of a room full of undead monsters, with a sign above the door which read: “Fresh Start Club”.